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Bernina Designer software
3 day class on how to use it
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Date: 8/30/12 6:30 PM

I spent the last three days learning about this software. I have had it for 3 years and used it very little.
Kind of stumbled around and figured out how to get done what I wanted but could never remember just how I did a thing from one time to the next.

So I took this class and I must say I have learned a bunch.

First I learned that this software is more software than I will ever use. It is mind boggling the things you can do with it.
Second I learned that the kind of embroidery I do is a lot easier than I thought.
Third, I want to upgrade to version 6. Probably not a good investment for me as I don't nor will I ever digitiz my own designs.
I think I caught embroidery flu while attending this class. No doubt I will get over it in a few days.

Then again my DH just told me he bought another new putter.

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Ada

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Date: 8/30/12 8:30 PM

Same here! Which version do you have? I should have stuck with Editor, but the Designer Plus has just enough other features to hook a person. You might also try the Creative Machine workbooks. I got one and am about halfway through. I was only able to take half the classes. I totally missed the digitizing ones!
All in all, I really do love the software. It seems daunting at first, but is really pretty easy once you get into it. I have had the same problem of forgetting things. But I started back last night.
I have to say that some of the ladies in my class were having a very hard time. I don't think some of them should have ever bought it. Most had no or little computer experience at all. Poor things!

I wish I knew of an ongoing online class for it. I found one, but the teacher is from outside the US and it was impossible to understand, as her accent is so thick. Ex Novo designs has some good tutorials though.

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Date: 8/31/12 1:35 AM

I upgraded to the v6 Designer Plus at a discount, when the new release just came out. I heard they will coming out with another release soon (anyone know when?) so maybe it will be on sale again... have to say, it was worth EVERY dime. It does a lot!

Our local Bernina shop has a monthly club where we come and learn about the software. Sometimes we go through the Mastery book, sometimes lessons from the software online help or a subject like applique. I'd love to go to the 3 day class someday.

I don't do a ton of embroidery, but it sure is fun to poke around with the software!

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Date: 8/31/12 1:39 AM

I have version 5. Thinking about getting version 6. $$$ is a problem. But maybe?

The women in this class were good at navigating around the software saving and opening files so the class moved along at a good pace.

We were given a CD with all the PDF files that were taught in the class. No I have to get them printed.

I think I will print the manual. Much easier than trying to find things in the on line manual.

I spent the evening creating designs for various binders that I plan to make covers for. Lots of fun.

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Date: 8/31/12 9:09 AM

I think the new one is coming out next year sometime. I sure would like to take the dealer classes for digitizing before the new version.
Ada, v6 was the best upgrade to the software ever, from what I've heard. I'm yet to actually digitize something.
I'm trying to wrap vectors and bitmaps around my head. I know enough now to know that i should convert vectors and images to bitmaps. I'm no artist though, so I would be digitizing someone else's artwork.
Right now, I need an embroidery of a pie. Not a sweet pie with apples or cream or pumpkins around it, which is difficult to find. And I want it in redwork. I should be able to do that, but I will have to draw the pie first, then scan it in and digitize it from there.

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Date: 11/5/13 8:06 PM

I purchased a 780 when they came out this year and my dealer packaged it with Designer 6 software. I've barely gotten into it and now Deigner 7 is out! I'm not going to spend another 500.00 when I haven't had 6 for even a year yet. There should be some upgrade price if you already have it. Does anyone know from prior versions if there is ever a Bernina sale on the designer software. Should I be watching for it?
When you own other software, your upgrades are reasonable. Not so in this case.

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Date: 11/5/13 8:19 PM

I bought DesignerPlus V.6 about 3 years ago for almost $2000. I just paid $550 for the upgrade to version 7. I haven't regretted either purchase. The new upgrade is awesome, but since you are new to the software it would probably be better for you to learn version 6 first.

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